Property News – 7 April 2022

 

Pākawau plea for sea wall

  Pensioner Lois Benjamin finds it difficult to get a good night’s sleep knowing the sea is just a metre from her property at high tide when the easterly blows. ‘‘I go to bed, and I wonder what it will be like in the morning,’’ she said. ‘‘You hear the noise – the roar of the sea and the wind.’’ Benjamin lives in the seaside settlement of Pākawau, about 39km northwest of Tākaka, in Golden Bay. When she moved into her home in 1983, the council esplanade reserve was about 15 metres wider than the metre that remains. Benjamin recalls walking down a gentle slope through trees, flax and ice plants to the beach. (Nelson Mail, Monday 28 March 2022)  

Water restrictions linger for some

  Despite the rain over the past week, stage-one restrictions will continue for water permit holders in the Moutere Eastern Groundwater Zone for another fortnight, beginning today. Those stage-one restrictions require a 20 per cent reduction in allowable take. Tasman Dry Weather Taskforce convener Dennis Bush-King said the rain had not resulted in ‘‘an appreciable upward lift’’ in groundwater levels in the deep Moutere aquifers and any pumping after the rain would result in further decline. To ensure some stability in aquifer levels, the restrictions needed to stay in place for 14 days, until April 11. (Nelson Mail, Monday 28 March 2022)  

Councillors question library project

  Nelson City Council will move forward with community engagement on a proposed new library next month but hesitant councillors question if they should have a site locked in before consulting with the public. Council agreed to move forward with public engagement on the library development last Wednesday. Council confirmed its preferred option to build a new library on the corner of Halifax and Trafalgar Sts during Long Term Plan deliberations last year. Ten months on, the build on the riverside precinct site, then estimated at a cost of $44 million, still remains just an option. (Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 30 March 2022)  

Rate rise proposals the outcome of ‘hard decision’

  Proposing higher-than-planned rate rises for 2022-23 was a hard decision for Tasman District Council, says councillor Dana Wensley. ‘‘We know the concerns of our community, and we know there are financial pressures,’’ Wensley yesterday told a meeting of the full council. ‘‘This is a hard decision what we are doing right now. Sometimes . . . you have to look at your budgets, and you have to defer, and you have to increase rates.’’ Wensley’s comments came just before elected members agreed to send out the draft Annual Plan 2022-23 for public consultation including options for a rates revenue hike of 7.7 per cent or a smaller preferred rise of 5.5 per cent with a reduced programme of work. Both options are well above a planned increase of 4.17 per cent. Both also breach a cap of 4.5 per cent in the council’s own Financial Strategy. (Nelson Mail, Friday 1 April 2022)

Apartments in ‘airspace’ an option for city

Building an apartment block on stilts over a public car park in central Nelson would help to provide affordable homes, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help to add ‘‘buzz’’ to the city, proponents say.

Unveiling a plan for 56 ‘‘eco’’ apartments above the open-air council car park in Buxton Square, city councillor Matt Lawrey said the model could help more people live in city centres across New Zealand – reducing the number of people having to drive to work, and helping to keep cities alive.

The four-storey block would have trees and shrubs planted on its balconies and roof, with only timber columns, lifts, stairs, a toilet block and bicycle storage touching the ground.

Lawrey approached local architectural designer Pierre Hammond and landscape architect Ursula Bowman to create the design, after being ‘‘inspired’’ by urban regeneration developments in Europe.

Hammond said the building’s main structure would be made from locally grown pine, creating a much smaller carbon footprint than concrete and steel.

The one-, two- or three-bedroom units would be built in a grid, allowing for the units to be made bigger or smaller once the block was constructed, and reducing the need to build more homes when demand changed, Hammond said.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 2 April 2022)

More new listings, more choice for Nelson house buyers

The Nelson region has bucked a national real estate trend, with a marked increase in house listings helping to calm down the market for buyers.

Data in the latest New Zealand Property Report from realestate.co. nz showed 234 new listings in the Nelson region in March, up 31.5 per cent compared to the same month last year.

The region led the country with the listings increase, followed by another sunny spot, Hawke’s Bay, up 24.2 per cent.

Listings were down on March last year in 10 of the 19 regions in the report. Realestate.co.nz spokeswoman Vanessa Williams said uncertainty around factors such Omicron and inflation might be causing people to stay put instead of listing their home for sale.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 2 April 2022)

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